It was an easy call --- even when viewed from afar by European Security officials. The Jan. 6, 2021 seditious and violent assault upon, breach and occupation of the U.S. Capitol Building was the product of an attempted coup d'état, deliberately orchestrated by President Donald J. Trump and others.
While both Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress, who were placed in harm's way, didn't see it coming, the event came as no surprise to Ron Suskind. In an Oct. 30, 2020 New York Times op-ed, the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist warned that our streets could be "filled with outraged people", who Trump could "easily summon, or prompt, or encourage...[in order] to turn a crowd into a sea of mayhem. They," the insurrectionists, Suskind added, "might improvise on their own in sparking violence, presuming it pleases their leader."
When interviewed by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Suskind explained his previous warning was based upon information provided to him by current and former Trump administration officials. Information, he said, was also provided by members of the military and intelligence communities. Suskind described the insurrectionists as being part of Trump's "personal army" which the incumbent President "activated" for what may have amounted to a "force mobilization". He cautioned that Trump "may do it again".
Where the evidence of Presidential incitement was so readily available that the House promptly passed a Resolution which impeached Trump for "Incitement to Insurrection", the hard details concerning the